At Podar Prep Preschool, we recognize that conflict isn’t inherently negative; it’s a part of growing up and, if navigated correctly, can be a powerful tool for teaching problem-solving skills.
Maintaining calm during conflicts, setting a peaceful resolution example for children, encouraging kids to express feelings respectfully and engaging in active listening to understand others’ perspectives, all these are certain tips that children can follow to solve conflicts. Parents can also guide them towards fair solutions, emphasizing resolution over winning, and facilitating reflection to transform conflicts into learning experiences. We aim to equip our students with the empathy, understanding, and problem-solving skills necessary to navigate disagreements effectively.
Podar Prep leverages the “Conflict Resolution” technique from the High Scope Approach, promoting constructive problem-solving in children. This approach used both at school and home, is integral to children’s learning.
The technique comprises several steps:
- Seeking Help: Children are encouraged to seek adult assistance when troubled, teaching them to believe in resolution over resorting to violence.
- Sharing and Taking Turns: Reinforcing this essential social skill can foster harmonious interactions.
- Using language instead of hands: Children are taught to express their needs and feelings verbally, preventing physical altercations.
- Walking Away: This valuable tactic helps children disengage from potential bullies.
- Planning with Adults: Open dialogues with parents about conflicts can boost children’s confidence and problem-solving abilities.
For repeated instances of misbehaviour, it is important to see children who experience repeated serious conflict not as problem children but as children with problems who need guidance. So try the following:
- Identify and specify instances of misbehaviour.
- Observe what happens before and after the behaviour.
- Measure how often it happens.
- How long does it last?
- Find a pattern in the behaviour.
- Bring about the change and implement it.
- Continue measuring the behaviour.
- Every time the child exhibits a new behaviour, encourage new behaviour.
At Podar Prep Preschool, we believe that conflict resolution is a crucial life skill. Together, let’s turn conflicts into opportunities for growth and understanding.
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